Barney Frank's Non-Joke at UMass Dartmouth Graduation

Barney Frank’s Lead Balloon at UMass Dartmouth Graduation. “You know, when you get an honorary degree, they give these,” he said, tugging on the hood of his commencement gown, “and Hubie [Jones], I think you now got a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you.”  [NY Daily News] Update: Frank clarifies his remarks and says that he gave the same “joke” at other ceremonies.  [Herald]

Curt Schilling Opens His Mouth, And This Is What Comes Out? Schilling has nothing but blame for the state of Rhode Island and Governor Lincoln Chafee for the demise of 38 Studios.  [Providence Journal]

In Massachusetts, Debating ‘Death with Dignity.’ “If he could have taken control into his own hands, I believe he would have,” said Debra Hertz, the widow of Michael Southerland, who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) at age 60. “I know he would have wanted to have the option. But it wasn’t available.”  [NYT]

Whitey Bulger’s Lawyers Will Give Update on Evidence. Both sides are due in court today for a status conference.  [CBS]

Where Ben & Jerry’s Flavors Go When They Die. Thank goodness NPR is bringing us Dead Stop, a new series about interesting graves around the country. The first installment is (surprisingly) lighthearted: The Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard, where the company buries its flavors when they’re gone but not forgotten. (R.I.P. Makin’ Whoopie Pie, 2002-2003.)  [WBUR]